Monday, May 11, 2015

Edison nursing students honored with pinning ceremony

Katria Walker of Pitsburg was pinned during Edison’s time-honored nursing pinning ceremony.
Edison Community College honored its most recent nursing graduates on Wednesday, May 6, with a pinning ceremony held before a gymnasium filled with family and friends at the Piqua campus.

The pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition in which the graduate nurse is presented to family and friends as a professional who is about to practice nursing and the graduate is usually “pinned” by the faculty members who have worked with the students throughout their course of study. Each school has a unique pin, which serves as a symbol of the successful completion of a rigorous curriculum, which prepares its graduates to administer to the sick and injured and promote health through the practice of nursing.

Gwen Stevenson, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences, gave a speech praising the hard work and determination of the students, while recognizing the sacrifices made by the family members and friends who have supported them while completing their degrees.

When reached for comment, nursing class representative Katria Walker of Pitsburg, Ohio, expressed her enthusiasm for being pinned and noted the hard work that has gone into reaching this milestone.

“The pinning ceremony is something that all nursing students look forward to when starting our long 2-year journey through nursing school,” said Walker. “Being pinned is a sense of accomplishment and achievement. All of us have worked so hard to get to this point and it truly is an amazing feeling to finally take the next step toward becoming registered nurses. I started this journey alone and now I am ending it with the best group of people I’ve ever met.”

Each of the thirty-seven graduates had the opportunity to submit a word of thanks to those who have made the end of this portion of their education possible, which was read as they received their pin from an Edison nursing faculty member. Many used the opportunity to share individual stories of sacrifice and triumphing over adversity, the bonds that were formed between classmates and the deep appreciation held for the Edison nursing faculty.

Graduates of the program will move on to the next phase of their career, which involves taking the registered nurse licensing exam and seeking employment.

Edison Community College’s nursing program has maintained full accreditation and approval over its thirty-four year history. In 2013, Edison’s Associate of Nursing Degree program was granted a full five-year approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing. In 2011, the program earned an eight-year accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the highest level a program can receive.

Applications for Edison’s Registered Nursing program are currently being accepted for the 2016 spring semester. For more information about the Registered Nursing program, visit the Academic Programs page at

Spring 2015 Nursing Graduates:

Beavercreek: Kaitlyn Hopkins; Bellefontaine: Erica Rice; Bradford: Karla Garber, Samantha Sanderson; Cable: Kimber Growdon; Casstown: Stormy Ball; Degraff: Fraya Mills; Fort Recovery: Cassandra Thompson; Germantown: Taylor Rieger; Minster: Rose Kinnett; New Carlisle: Laura Simpson; Piqua: Melissa Beasley, Amanda Davidson, Robin Fenner, Chance Kaczmarek, Julie Koenig; Pitsburg: Katria Walker; Rockford: Melissa Nusbaum; Sidney: Erica Lentz, Laura Masteller, Kara Miller, LeeAnn Slife; Saint Paris: Wanda Meyers; Saint Marys: Traci Ellis; Troy: Marshan Farrier, Leslie Hatfield, Nicole Kerentsew, Kathleen McCarel, Chelsea Miller, Elisabeth Rentz; Union: Christina Alcorn; Union City, IN: Cindy Pogue; Versailles: Tracy Eakins; West Milton: Brook Chrisman; Wapakoneta: Amy Westbay.

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